Contact: Monty Jones, (512) 499-4363
Date: April 5, 2002

U.T. System Officials to Discuss Telecommunications Programs in Mexico

AUSTIN – Chancellor R.D. Burck and other officials from the University of Texas System will meet with government and education leaders in Mexico next week to discuss the use of telecommunications technology, student and faculty exchange programs, and joint research opportunities in medicine and higher education.
The U.T. System officials will attend technical meetings on April 8 and the Mexican government’s High Level Conference on Tele-Medicine and Tele-Education on April 9. The meetings will be at Los Pinos, the official residence of President Vicente Fox near Mexico City.
“Our main objective in attending these meetings is to identify new opportunities for collaboration in medicine and education between the U.T. System and Mexican universities and health institutions,” Burck said. “Telecommunication technologies offer exciting avenues for enhancing and expanding our numerous current relationships with institutions in Mexico. We want to learn more about Mexican institutions and how we might form new collaborations for our mutual benefit.”
Participation of U.T. System officials has been arranged by Juan Hernandez, chief of the Presidential Office for the Attention of Mexicans Abroad as well as a faculty member at U.T. Dallas and an adviser to the U.T. System chancellor. Other members of the U.T. System delegation are Edwin R. Sharpe, executive vice chancellor for academic affairs; James C. Guckian, acting executive vice chancellor for health affairs; Armando Diaz, vice chancellor for community relations; and Rodolfo Hernández, director of the Center for U.S.-Mexico Studies at U.T. Dallas. Buddy Garcia, special assistant to the governor for border/Mexico affairs, will represent Gov. Rick Perry.
Mexican officials who will attend include Julio Frenk, secretary of health; Reyes Tamez Guerra, secretary of education; Rogelio Cárdenas, president of the University of Zacatecas; Enrique Doger, president of the Benemérita University of Puebla; and Jaime Parada Avila, general director of the Mexican Council of Science and Technology.